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Andrews ascending to ‘Princess’ throne

Pic penned by 'Coyote' scribe Wendkos, lensing set to begin Sept. 13

Julie Andrews is in final negotiations to play the co-lead in the Walt Disney Co.’s “The Princess Diaries,” to be helmed by Garry Marshall.

Andrews joins Anne Hathaway, who came aboard the project last month. Lensing is slated to begin Sept. 13 in San Francisco, the film’s principal location.

The “Diaries” script, penned by Gina Wendkos (“Coyote Ugly”) and based on a Meg Cabot novel, centers on a rebellious 16-year-old Angeleno (Hathaway) who is informed that she is actually the princess of a Monaco-like European nation, Genovia. Andrews will play the girl’s grandmother, who surprises her with the news and trains her to become queen.

“Diaries” producers are Whitney Houston and Debra Chase of Brownhouse Prods., and Mario Iscovich, Marshall’s producing partner.

Buena Vista Motion Picture Group prexy Nina Jacobson is supervising “Diaries” for the studio along with veep Karen Glass and director of development Doug Short.

Andrews is repped by the William Morris Agency, Hathaway by WMA and manager Suzan Bymel at Talent Entertainment Group. Marshall is repped by CAA.

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